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MS-20487 - Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services

In this course, students will learn how to design and develop services that access local and remote data from various data sources. Students will also learn how to develop and deploy services to hybrid environments, including on-premises servers and Windows Azure. This course helps people prepare for exam 70-487.

*This course utilizes higher hosting resources for online labs and therefore, post-class access is limited to 30 days.

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Before attending this course, students must have:
  • Experience with C# programming, and concepts such as Lambda expressions, LINQ, and anonymous types.
  • Understanding the concepts of n-tier applications.
  • Experience with querying and manipulating data with ADO.NET.
  • Knowledge of XML data structures.

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Overview of service and cloud technologies

Key Components of Distributed Applications
Data and Data Access Technologies
Service Technologies
Cloud Computing
Exploring Blue Yonder Airlines’ Travel Companion Application

Module 2: Querying and manipulating data using Entity Framework

ADO.NET overview
Creating an entity data model
Querying data
Manipulating data

Module 3: Creating and consuming ASP.NET Web API services

What are HTTP services?
Creating an ASP.NET Web API service
Handling HTTP requests and responses
Hosting and consuming ASP.NET Web API services

Module 4: Extending and securing ASP.NET Web API services

The ASP.NET Web API Pipeline
Creating OData Services
Implementing Security in ASP.NET Web API Services
Injecting Dependencies into Controllers

Module 5: Creating WCF services

Advantages of creating services with WCF
Creating and implementing a contract
Configuring and hosting WCF services
Consuming WCF services

Module 6: Hosting Services

Hosting Services On-Premises
Hosting Services in Windows Azure

Module 7: Windows Azure Service Bus

What Are Windows Azure Service Bus Relays?
Windows Azure Service Bus Queues
Windows Azure Service Bus Topics

Module 8: Deploying Services

Web Deployment with Visual Studio 2012
Creating and Deploying Web Application Packages
Command-Line Tools for Web Deploy
Deploying Web and Service Applications to Windows Azure
Continuous Delivery with TFS and Git
Best Practices for Production Deployment

Module 9: Windows Azure Storage

Introduction to Windows Azure Storage
Windows Azure Blob Storage
Windows Azure Table Storage
Windows Azure Queue Storage
Restricting Access to Windows Azure Storage

Module 10: Monitoring and Diagnostics

Performing Diagnostics by Using Tracing
Configuring Service Diagnostics
Monitoring Services Using Windows Azure Diagnostics
Collecting Windows Azure Metrics

Module 11: Identity Management and Access Control

Claims-based Identity Concepts
Using the Windows Azure Access Control Service
Configuring Services to Use Federated Identities
Handling Federated Identities on the Client Side

Module 12: Scaling Services

Introduction to Scalability
Load Balancing
Scaling On-Premises Services with Distributed Cache
Windows Azure Caching
Caveats of Scaling Services
Scaling Globally

Module 13: Appendix A: Designing and Extending WCF Services

Applying Design Principles to Service Contracts
Handling Distributed Transactions
Extending the WCF Pipeline

Module 14: Appendix B: Implementing Security in WCF Services

Introduction to Web Services Security
Transport Security
Message Security
Configuring Service Authentication and Authorization